Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself – even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.
Going into this film I hadn’t heard about this tale before but I did a little bit of research and found the story to be interesting. This is one of those films that just makes you feel good and will be a great companion piece to sports films like Rudy, Remember The Titans and even The Mighty Ducks. The main theme throughout the film is “Never Give Up” and by the time it’s all over those words will be ingrained on your soul. With the inspirational message that the story throws out there is an equal amount of humor to balance everything out. I don’t think I’ve smiled while watching a movie so much that my face was literally hurting. Egerton and Jackman have this great chemistry together on screen that is hilarious and almost Father/Son like that will have you laughing one minute then almost in tears the next. Although they were both completely fantastic in the film Egerton floored me with his portrayal of Edwards. He had everything down from his personality to the little things like his facial expressions and mannerisms. It truly was like seeing the actual Eddie Edwards on the big screen. The cinematography was another thing that I loved. It really showed the scope of how dangerous the sport is all while capturing the beauty of it all in stunning fashion. The finale of the film was one that I felt so connected with. I found myself holding my breath in anticipation in what felt like forever and when it was all said and done Edwards was so thrilled with his accomplishments that it makes you look at life totally differently. I truly loved this movie so much and is one of those that I will definitely be picking up when it hits Blu-ray! 10/10